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By Ruth Fincher, Peter Saunders

A brand new frame of mind in regards to the nature of, and strategies to, modern poverty, drawback and inequality in Australia.

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We must study the US experience and learn from it, just as we should study and learn from what other countries have and are doing. But when we try to implement those lessons here, we have to recognise the constraints imposed by our own institutional structure and historical experience. That is the lesson brought home so effectively by the analysis and results reported in Chapter 2. Why, then, are we incapable of reducing the inequality, poverty and disadvantage that seem inexorably to accompany our growing national economy?

1996). Furthermore, the socio–spatial concentration of those of low income varies in extent and consequence in different places. In the United States, for example, African-American households are migrating to places where spatial segregation is less, and it is only in certain parts of the very largest US metropolises that sharp segregation of racially-distinctive groups of extreme poverty or riches occurs (Farley 1996). In Australia, as elsewhere, a wide range of policies comes together in the context of international economic changes, to influence the redistribution of opportunities or disadvantages for 21 PDF OUTPUT c: ALLEN & UNWIN r: DP2\BP4401W\MAIN p: (02) 6232 5991 f: (02) 6232 4995 36 DAGLISH STREET CURTIN ACT 2605 21 CREATING UNEQUAL FUTURES?

Why have workplaces changed to make unemployment and non-standard employment so widespread in the broad economic policy settings Australia inhabits? Within goods-producing industries like mining and farming, firms have long introduced technologies that reduce the need for labour. Production work in much manufacturing industry has moved offshore to countries where labour is cheaper; machines have also replaced humans in the performance of manufacturing production tasks. However, the replacement of workers with machines is not just an inevitable result of technological change.

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